We’ve had a nice little chat with two fellow music heads Tod Louie & Solaris… The boys have just started a very cool club concept in Oslo called Echo. They have both been organising parties for a while and are both very experienced DJs, and their new weekly concept has quickly proven itself to be very good quality! They have mixed it up nicely with local and international bookings, Shari & Vari loves their enthusiasm for music and their friendly approach to the scene. Vari is playing alongside these guys tomorrow night (27/4) at Bollywood Dancing! So now you know where to to spend your Friday nights…
What are you doing right now?
Tod Louie: Actually I’m in taking a break from looking up some new tracks. The Word Championship of Snooker is running on Eurosport, which is not to miss. Once you first start following it it’s really addictive in combination to the Norwegian commentator Torstein “TrickWik” WIk. You should check it out! Besides that I’m picking out some new tracks for the weekend at Bollywood. I’m really looking forward to play with Vari again.
Solaris: Living in Oslo and working for a marketing company. I also have my studio here, and most of my friends, and Dj gigs. As far as it goes! At the moment, I’m working on our (with Tod Louie) weekly concept ECHO at Bollywood Dancing, which is turning out pretty nice. We have some amazing bookings lined up for the coming Fridays, including Deniz Kurtel live In May. We are also doing “Det Gode Selskab” (In Good Company) on some selected Sundays as well as on some selected Mondays. These events will take place at secret locations, and at Fisk & Vilt.
Who are your musical heroes?
Tod Louie: Hard question.. My father is a pianist and built a big stage in his backyard throwing everything from swing festivals to techno parties. Got to admire that. But beside from that my musical influences varies from funk, disco, Chicago house to more deep, classic house. If I should pick one artist that is my musical hero I got to say Nina Simone. And my all time favorite is her track, Sinnerman! There’s so much good music out there, and my sets got a little bit from many genres. A bit eclectic, if you know what I mean?
Solaris: I would say there are 100 of them, but to scale it down I will pick out a few special ones. Music wise – Van Morrison, Pink Floyd, LTJ Bukem, Fleetwood Mac, Nightmares On Wax, Otis Redding and Lucien N Luciano. – DJ wise : Steve Bug, Zip and Four Tet.
Whats on repeat at the moment?
Tod Louie: I’ve found an old track from Joubert Singers called Stand On The Word. I think it has been remixed by Larry Levan as well. But this new remix from Hot Coins is a real smasher! Really funky, and its bass lines will definitely make an impression on the dance floor! Its quite slow, 105BPM. But if you can keep the BPM around 105-110 for a while, and then suddenly drop that song!.. That’s whats great being a Dj.
Solaris: There are defiantly a few tracks on repeat, but there are two tracks that stands out for me in my Dj sets, and that is ; Portable – One Way feat. Efdemin and DJ Slip – Available Light (Franco Cinelli Remix). Besides this I’m always listening to Van Morrison. You should all check out one of the most essential albums of all times – Astral Weeks from 1968. Stunning! See you at ECHO 27.04.2012 with Solaris, Tod Louie and wonder guest Vari
Kintsho Ka Tshabalala (also known as ‘The Bongo Man’) was born in South Africa a long time ago. He’s an Actor, Dancer, Choreographer, Musician, Producer, Fashion Designer and Teacher. His career boasts an impressive and exhaustive list of credits. As an actor in the early 60′s he appeared in the film classic ‘Zulu’ with Michael Caine. As a musician in South Africa at a very early age he led a very successful chart-topping Penny-whistle band. As a dancer he performed (more than once) at The Royal Command Performances for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (as part of a South African Dance Ensemble). As a percussionist (what he’s best known for) he toured the world many times over, playing alongside Africa’s first lady of song Miriam Makeba and later the legendary South African trumpeter and band-leader Hugh Masekela.
Eventually Kintsho moved to London and joined African Big Band Osibisa. He also worked at legendary Jazz Club Ronnie Scott’s where he got to meet and play alongside Jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie. His love of music and dance eventually led him to the streets of Harlem, where he established himself as a much in demand session musician, working and touring with such music legends as George Benson, Donny Hathaway and Ralph McDonald (at New York’s historic Radio City Music Hall). In the 70’s he was also a member of the very successful Disco group A Taste of Honey. Going from strength to strength he later got involved with the world famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, working with superstar choreographer Debbie Allen (Fame).
After spending some time working and teaching in New Zealand, Kintsho finally settled in Australia in the late 80’s. He worked extensively, splitting his time between studio sessions and live work with bands like Cat, Relax with Max and Scott Carne’s Human Soup. He eventually settled on the Gold Coast in the late 90’s, where he became resident percussionist at Queensland’s infamous Berlin Bar. In the 4 years he spent there, Kintsho (along with musical partner Don Nadi) managed to achieve almost legendary status, working alongside some of the biggest names in dance music, including: Bob Sinclar, Derrick Carter, Dimitri from Paris, Masters at Work (Little Louie Vega & Kenny Dope Gonzalez), Lee Burridge, Dj Pierre. Mateo & Matos, Miguel Miggs, Sandy River and many more…
*** It is now time for us to ‘GIVE BACK’ and support our friend in need… All proceeds from this concert go to help pay for the much needed ‘special’ cancer treatment our dear friend Kintsho needs. ***
A Taste of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie
Spring is here and so is HEAT #3, Friday April 6 @ Chez Moune (Paris). This time we have a very special German guest… Our friend, the very talented, ridiculously funky and not to mention super sweet, Marc Liebe aka MALIBEE (Dench Disko/Frankfurt). He’ll be playing alongside me (Shari) and our HEAT resident HEKO (that Frenchman that can mix like a demon, make a cake and talk on the phone all at the same time)…! ;-)
Come one, come many! What can you expect? Sore feet! Dancing imminent. ;-)